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100 days to go to a digital Yorkshire


12:00am 13th June 2011
(Updated 10:48am 13th June 2011)

With just 100 days until the end of analogue TV in the Yorkshire region, Digital UK and the Hammonds Saltaire Band are urging viewers to ‘get in tune’ for switchover this September.

The Yorkshire-based brass band will kick off the countdown to all-digital TV by entertaining viewers in the region with renditions of popular TV theme tunes including Dr Who, Match of the Day and Coronation Street. Advisors from Digital UK will also be on hand to answer questions about how to get ready.

Latest research* indicates most viewers are well prepared, with nine out of ten households already having made the switch to digital TV. Those still watching in analogue are now being urged to get ready for switchover – when Freeview coverage will be boosted to reach virtually all homes – or risk being left with a blank screen. All TV in the region will be fully digital from 21 September.

Digital UK and the Switchover Help Scheme have stepped up their communications campaigns across the region. Roadshows are now running across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and a detailed 20-page guide to switchover has been sent to every household.

The Help Scheme (helpscheme.co.uk) is also writing to eligible older and disabled people, reminding them of the assistance on offer to convert one TV set to digital, including a choice of equipment, installation and aftercare. The help is available for those aged 75 and over; or who are eligible for certain disability benefits; or registered blind or partially sighted; or living in care homes.

John Askew, Digital UK’s Regional Manager for the Yorkshire TV region, said:

“Most people have already made the switch to digital but we know some people may leave it until the last minute, or may need a little extra advice. We’re urging anyone still watching analogue television to make the change now and to contact the Help Scheme if they’re eligible for practical support.

“Anyone who still needs advice on switching can visit the Digital UK website or call our advice line. We’ll also be holding roadshows and advice clinics at the time of switchover.”

Viewers can check their switchover date and options for getting digital TV by using the Digital UK postcode checker at digitaluk.co.uk or by ringing 08456 50 50 50.


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